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Do indoor orchids need to be pollinated?

This is a discussion on Do indoor orchids need to be pollinated? within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Hi, I realize that pollination is a topic mostly for orchids in the wild, and ...

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    Default Do indoor orchids need to be pollinated?

    Hi,

    I realize that pollination is a topic mostly for orchids in the wild, and for creating orchid hybrids.

    But, just want to know, will I ever have to worry about "pollinating" my indoor Phalaenopsis, other than switching their maintenance fertilizer to their blooming blend?

    Thanks,

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    Nope. Pollination is only needed to produce fruit (the seed pod).

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    Pollination is to make babies..not to keep the plant healthy, happy and growing...

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    It does happen that a stray insect will pollinate windowsill growers, but it is not recommended. IIRC, it takes a lot of plant energy to grow a pod. A pollenated phalaenopsis will drop all its remaining flowers and not reflower until the pod is removed. It takes 6 months to a year for seed pods to ripen. Correct BD, Clint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    It does happen that a stray insect will pollinate windowsill growers, but it is not recommended. IIRC, it takes a lot of plant energy to grow a pod. A pollenated phalaenopsis will drop all its remaining flowers and not reflower until the pod is removed. It takes 6 months to a year for seed pods to ripen. Correct BD, Clint?
    yes, except for they won't necessarily drop all flowers. I pollinated a noid Phal I have just for the fun of it and it kept one of its spikes in bloom for months after pollination.

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    I was very happy this year when one of my encyclias lured some Brooklyn bee or whatever Tri-borough insect while sunning outside on my windowsill and got pollinated, seed pod and all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    It does happen that a stray insect will pollinate windowsill growers, but it is not recommended. IIRC, it takes a lot of plant energy to grow a pod. A pollenated phalaenopsis will drop all its remaining flowers and not reflower until the pod is removed. It takes 6 months to a year for seed pods to ripen. Correct BD, Clint?
    my recently impregnated noid phal has also continued to bloom, even started a new branch off a node of the original spike and that bloomed soon after it got preggers...hrm, maybe it's just a noid thing *ponders*...

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    Thanks everyone. I mis-remembered what I'd read on Floral Longevity in Ortho's All About Growing Orchids. The item says "Once fertilized, orchid flowers quickly fade and the plant turns to the business of making seed." I can't believe I found the item again. Best regards, Joe

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